A bicoastal squabble over money has broken out between the union officials in Los Angeles and New York who represent film and TV writers.
Officials of the Writers Guild of America, West, say they are subsidizing the WGA, East, by more than $1 million. They say that they are owed more than $500,000 in dues and that they provide more than $500,000 in services to East Coast writers that are not reimbursed, including arbitration disputes over credits.
The WGA, West, claims 7,800 members; the WGA, East, lists 4,700.
In a message to members, Daniel Petrie Jr., president of the WGA, West, called the dispute "one of those unspoken, elephant-in-the-room sources of tension that stand in the way of a more functional relationship."
In a statement, the WGA, East, accused its L.A.-based brethren of a shakedown and of launching what could become "a drawn-out battle."